Rukmini's Message to Lord Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.52.01-02 - Rukmini's Message to Lord Krishna (download mp3)
by Nitai Prasad Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.52.1
sri-suka uvaca
ittham so ’nagrahito ’nga
 krsneneksvaku nandanah
tam parikramya sannamya
 niscakrama guha-mukhat

Sukadeva Gosvami said: My dear King, thus graced by Lord Krsna, Mucukunda circumambulated Him and bowed down to Him. Then Mucukunda, the beloved descendant of Iksvaku, exited through the mouth of the cave.

SB 10.52.2
samviksya ksullakan martyan
 pasun virud-vanaspatin
matva kali-yugam praptam
 jagama disam uttaram

Seeing that the size of all the human beings, animals, trees and plants was severely reduced, and thus realizing that the Age of Kali was at hand, Mucukunda left for the north.

There are several significant words in this verse. A standard Sanskrit dictionary gives the following English meanings for the word ksullaka: “little, small, low, vile, poor, indigent, wicked, malicious, abandoned, hard, pained, distressed.” These are the symptoms of the Age of Kali, and all these qualities are said here to apply to men, animals, plants and trees in this age. We who are enamored of ourselves and our environment can perhaps imagine the superior beauty and living conditions available to people in former ages.

The last line of this text, jagama disam uttaram — “He went toward the north” — can be understood as follows. By traveling north in India, one comes to the world’s highest mountains, the Himalayan range. There one can still find many beautiful peaks and valleys, where there are quiet hermitages suitable for austerity and meditation. Thus in Vedic culture “going to the north” indicates renouncing the comforts of ordinary society and going to the Himalayan Mountains to practice serious austerities for spiritual advancement.